An Inspiring New Dog Food Pyramid

Leo decorated his Pyramid with some scrimshaw (to borrow Theodore's term of art) before he figured out how to get the food out.

Leo decorated his Pyramid with some scrimshaw (to borrow a term of art) before he figured out how to get the food out.

This month’s Positive Pet Training Blog Hop theme is mentors and inspiration. If you’ve read Bark and Lunge (and I recommend you do!), you know I have a complicated history with trainers. The first few gave very bad advice. Then we met a positive reinforcement trainer who changed our lives by helping save Isis from our earlier mistakes, but in the end, the experience was mixed.

We’ve met lots of positive trainers since then, but have been become complacent in our own little world where we don’t train our dogs to do anything except not misbehave (too much). A trainer I wish I’d met back in the day is Annie Phenix, whose book The Midnight Dog Walkers is practically a companion piece to mine.

More and more, I find inspiration from dog people I only know online. These include the hosts of the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop, Tenacious Little Terrier and Rubicon Days, both of whom have become Facebook friends, too. Other dog bloggers I consider internet friends and inspirations are Groovy Goldendoodles, Wag ‘n Woof, My GBGV Life, and ZoePhee.

Then there’s my weird obsession with dogs I’ve never met whose people I don’t know either. I’m often heard to say something like, “So there’s this dog I follow on Instagram…”

My absolute hero is Pibbling with Theodore, and I can’t remember how I first found him, except that it was on Facebook. He’s a fight bust rescue, and his mom is a trainer, and he is so handsome I just can’t stand it.

Shortly before Christmas, he posted a picture of a Nina Ottosson Dog Pyramid. Inspired, I ordered two immediately. (I’ve written before about how the benefits of food puzzles.)

And now, I hope to inspire you with this video of Mia and Leo enjoying their new food dispensers, which we call “Eggs.” See how much fun Leo has even when nothing’s coming out?


 

Positive TrainingJoin the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop! Hosted by Tenacious Little Terrier and Rubicon Days, the hop begins on the first Monday of every month and runs all week long. This month’s theme is My Training Mentor or Inspiration, but all posts about positive training are welcome.

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14 thoughts on “An Inspiring New Dog Food Pyramid

  1. We need more puzzles to get through this winter! My new little pup is out of the teething phase but is still a big chewer–is this pretty durable?

  2. Thanks for the “Shout out” we’re huge fans of you as well. Leo and Jaxson are kindred spirits in the way they play and amuse themselves. Harley a little more laid back – especially in the house. Great post, there are a few blogs I am not familiar with and thanks to you I can go check em out!

  3. Oh we LOVE puzzle toys over here too! The Nina Ottoson toys are great but I love the toys like what you use that slowly dispense food. When Walter was a puppy I fed him out of these exclusively. Now I use them between meals each day!

    • Smart! Last night both dogs got bursts of energy in the late evening and they starting going after their Eggs again. I like these better than the rubber Kongs because it’s more work for them to get the food out. But not TOO much work. If I freeze up a Kong real good, they lose interest.

  4. Thanks for mentioning us! I might have to check out those Pyramids, that might work out good for Luke to have in his crate.

  5. Those look like great food puzzle toys! And they don’t make banging noises. I have to check those out. Thanks!

  6. Thank you for mentioning us! It’s quite the compliment. We’ve had a mixed history with trainers too. I’m planning on finding a good trainer post. Thanks for joining the hop.

  7. Thank you for the mention, we are honored! Funny with food puzzles, not every dog likes them. I won’t touch one, Bailie loves them and Madison never finishes one, but we are thinking she may get more into them as she gets a bit older. For Bailie it is a great way to keep her busy and happy.

  8. Benji got his dinner that way when he was really young. Now he is more into food puzzles although we are trying to find a new more challenging one as dogtwister and move-2-win are getting old.

  9. We LOVE food puzzles, too. During the winter months, it’s sometimes the only thing I can do to help Cooper keep his wits about him. I love those eggs, and we don’t have those. Might be expanding our collection soon! Thanks for the inspiration! (BTW, I tell soooo many stories that begin with, “So, this dog I know… well, I don’t really know him, but I know him online… anyway, this dog…”)

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